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Lightweight and Superficial

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-02-2020

There’s a great deal to be said about this topic. Unfortunately, this series just scratches the surface.

Great story. Can't wait for the film!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-2016

I was very very pleasantly surprised by how good this book is. Great story line, supported by a good and easy writing style and enjoyable (gravelly) narration that didn't irritate me nearly as much as I would have expected.
It's pure sci-fi, written with fair realism, Characters are 3D enough to make them matter and descriptions create good visuals without going over the top.
A couple of core elements strain credulity, but after you've decided to go with the flow it's no issue.
I've already bought the second audiobook in the series and the only fear I have is that I'll run out of books before I get to the end of the story. I don't want another GoT!

An extraordinary book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-2015

I purchased this audiobook, as much as anything, to test the truth of the title. In the final analysis it delivers on its promise. This is an extraordinary book in terms of its scope and reach. The narrator is easy to listen to (not always the case with Americans to my ears!) and you can just sit back and absorb whatever grabs you.
I listened to it in the car, which is probably not the best place to give it the attention it deserves, but then I could have ended up with my brain full, and that wouldn't have been ideal either.
If you have the time and inclination to hear about many things you've either forgotten about, or always thought you should know more about, this is a good choice.

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Great story - especially if you like chemistry!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-2015

Intense and entertaining storyline about a stranded astronaut working out how to survive on Mars until he can be rescued. The author is clearly very knowledgeable about an enormous range of relevant technical issues. At many points in the story he cedes plot control to his enthusiasm and the reader feels they're receiving a lecture in chemistry. That would be fine if you like chemistry - it was never my strong suit, so I'm probably biased - but more story and less technical detail would probably work better.
Having said that, I enjoyed the story and the performance immensely while listening to it in the car.
It was unusual, believable and, in many places, amusing.